Seasonal Scene Building

Finished another of the Altenew Educator Certificate program courses, of part 1.  This class was presented by Nichol Magouirk and she demonstrated ways to create scenes for your cards: Seasonal Scene Building.   She presents so many great ideas.  I was inspired by her technique of building the image first with the stamps stacked on top of each other as necessary.  I decided to create from her lesson of building with a frame.  In my head I kept seeing a window, but when I started designing the card, I wanted a picture frame.

Below is my card for this class.  I started with some water color paper.  Using the Altenew Be Strong stamp set, I wanted to have two images, one in front of the other.  I stamped the pot, then added the cactus and masked both images.  I stamped the larger image behind the first.  I removed my masks and mounted my paper to chipboard so I could water color it.  I used the tape I secured the paper on the board with to create my scene size.  I used distress oxide inks to do the water coloring. I added some brown for the desert background, some blue for the sky then added some oranges and yellows in between.  Lastly, I colored in the cactus with shades of green.  Using rectangle dies, I cut a rectangle out of wood grain paper to serve as my window frame.  I added acetate to the frame for the appearance of glass.  I lined the frame with foam tape so it would be dimensional over the cactus image.  To prepare my background, I worked directly on my card base and recalling a technique from the Clean and Simple card class, I scored a faux brick wall background.  I mounted the cactus frame and chose a sentiment from the same stamp set: BE YOU & BE HAPPY which I stamped directly on the ‘wall’ with black ink.  I love all these new techniques and seeing how they start to be incorporated from card to card.

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